One last look at 2017 through WNLP contributors’ lenses

WNLP is so very fortunate to have multi award-winning photographer Bob Wellinski contributing to our website. As well as photos from his buddy since childhood, retiring LaPorte County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Kellems. And as in each of our 8 years, WNLP received some fantastic photographs from reader contributors. Here are some photo highlights from 2017. Thank you to all for visiting, advertising and contributing, and please continue to do the same in 2018! (For more information on advertising or to send news and/or photos, please email 

This dazzling scene of the courthouse against a painted sky was taken by Kevin Raymond.

LaPortean Barbra Otolski took this closeup of a rose on a frosty morning.

Mike Kellems captured these ribbons of sun and shadow on an autumn day.

Marlee Power and her dad, Bill, took this photo through a high-powered telescope from about 1/4 of a mile away of a bald eagle on its nest in the LaPorte vicinity.

Bob Wellinski caught this sweet moment at the LaPorte Sunflower Fair in September.

Wellinski took a self-portrait as his cronies played along during the Tour de LaPorte in August.

Ah, fair food. It has never looked better than in this portrait by Wellinski from the July LaPorte County Fair.

This couple stole a smooch in their “Bug-A-Boo” during LaPorte Cruise Night in June.

Mike Kellems was in D.C. for the presidential inauguration in January and shared this photo of the overall scene.

A young Christmas enthusiast enhances the festive scene at the 2017 Pioneer Land open house in early December. Photo by Wellinski.

The annual Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day on the grounds of the former Ruth Sabin Home drew the usual hardy crowd of flag football enthusiasts of all ages. Photo by Wellinski.

Bob shot this portrait dripping in irony on East Lincolnway during a monsoon in October.

Bob took this happy scene of the Slicers celebrating after winning the Sectional over the Michigan City Wolves, 58-56, in a last-minute, come-from-behind thriller.

Bubby Burek and his grandpa (front) pose with just some of Bubby’s emergency rescuers after his miraculous recovery following a June accident in which he was run over and seriously injured by a tractor. Wellinski photo.

Bob took this time lapse of the full solar eclipse in June.

Mike Kellems sent this photo of emergency responders saving a 73-year-old man who ended up beneath his own vehicle while trying to stop it from rolling backward in his driveway on CR 600 W. Coolspring, Springfield and Center Township firefighters used air bags to raise the vehicle while a wrecker helped to stabilized it.

Wellinski took this photo of Logan Tuholski, 9, who had to resort to a wrestling move to keep his sheep in the judging ring during the fair.

Another memorable moment at the fair was when a crowd of some 60 people watched as Luke Minich and his daughter Mary helped one of their cows give birth to a healthy calf they named Joey. Wellinski photo.

LaPorte City Fire Department Captain Doug Biernacki provides oxygen to save a cat after a house fire at Federal Avenue in July. The fire department provided the photo.

Illustrating the fact that emergency responders are ever ready, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Burger sprints down Lincolnway with an automatic external defibrillator in hand during the 4th of July Parade after a report of a spectator having a heart attack. Burger had been walking in the parade with other sheriff’s department members. Mike Kellems photo.

Kids watch with rapt attention (and maybe a little apprehension) as Dr. Patrick Dorroh spays a shelter pet during the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter’s Animal Care Camp for Kids in June. Wellinski photo.

Bob took this photo of visitors touring the historic Eason Chapel at Pine Lake Cemetery during an open house in May.

In March, LaPorte County’s treasured official Historian, Fern Eddy Schultz, was honored as the research library she is largely responsible for creating was dedicated as the Fern Eddy Schultz Research Library. The library is within the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum. Wellinski photo.

Pouring rain, thunder, lightning, and some hail followed a period of shirtsleeve weather. In August? No — in late February! Wellinski photo.

In a magical moment in February, as Wellinski and WNLP editor Beth Boardman stood on the shore of South Pine Lake on another assignment, this bald eagle decided to drop in to say hello. It’s a moment they won’t soon forget. Wellinski photo.

One Response to “One last look at 2017 through WNLP contributors’ lenses”

  1. Kathy T

    Jan 04. 2018

    Wonderful pictures!

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